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Thames Bexley crossing consultation opens

PUBLISHED: 13:16 30 October 2012

Woolwich ferry

Woolwich ferry

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A consultation into a proposed new Thames crossing from Bexley opened yesterday.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is looking for views on his preferred river crossing options, which include a ferry linking Thamesmead to Beckton.

It has drawn mixed reactions from the borough’s politicians. Bexley Council is backing the plans but Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce said: “I’m concerned because I don’t think the ferry service will be free.

“The Mayor’s office hasn’t confirmed if it will be and I’m afraid the cost of it might be shifted onto residents.”

The Thamesmead to Beckton ferry would replace the Woolwich Crossing, which is free to use.

A spokesman for TfL said: “It’s too early to say if the crossing will charge passengers to use it.”

Drop-in sessions for residents will be held at Thamesmead Library on November 17, at Abbey Wood Community Centre on November 19 and Bexleyheath Broadway Shopping Centre on December 6.

The consultation runs until February 1. For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk/rivercrossings.

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